1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am on a full time apprenticeship, so 4/5 days of my week are for the role I am training for (Project manager) and 1 day a week to complete apprenticeship work. My day to day role involves planning and scheduling meetings, looking and governance and compliance, managing stakeholders, and budgeting and cost controls
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Both. I have developed old softer skills like time management, team worker, and have learnt new skills like diary management, stakeholder management. I have passed my APM foundation accreditation (mock) as part of the apprenticeship. I have learnt about personal branding and other skills
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Sometimes I really enjoy it and other times I don't. The apprenticeship could do with more structure as the first 4 or 5 months were very unstructured and there was not a lot of guidance. This has begun to improve. I find the company I work for quite beaurocratic and although there are some good team workers, others are not. I think this depends based on what office you are in. I am still having on-going issues with some of my colleagues but no support is really being put forward. The course hasn't met my expectations in certain aspects but from others it has exceeded. I am enjoying my course but I am not sure I would do it again
4. How valued do you feel by Lloyds Banking Group?
Not very. I don't get a lot of positive feedback from my manager although she seems to talk me up to others. It always seems to be negative feedback constantly, never anything positive. I have not been given a lot of work on the project I was on, which I did flag and I am now moving onto a new project. I don't feel like I was valued in my old project as no one really knew what the apprenticeship was and didn't seem to value me being there and almost found me a bit of a nuisance.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Not very well. The induction was good. The structure of the programme has been loose and it has been hard to get support from our business coach. We have now taken on an extra business coach so hopefully this will improve. The sessions we attend in our cohorts are very useful
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Not as much as I would like. I am seeing this improve as we now have an additional business coach but I do think its imperative to reply to emails / calls.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager is supportive in most things, although this can sometimes be tricky. My mentor was really supportive at the beginning but this has trailed off. I have limited support with problems
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Not very well. This was meant to be a pay rise after my last role, but due to them moving my office I now have taken a pay deduction due to the increase in travel costs. I also feel like this wage isn't effective for people not living at home.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes. Lloyds is very good for opportunities to help support others. They are also good with running social/ team events
9. Would you recommend Lloyds Banking Group to a friend?
I feel like just a number in such a large company. Pay is better elsewhere
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lloyds Banking Group?
Be confident and apply if you enjoy challenge
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